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Education Isn’t Everything October 9, 2008

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This was forwarded to me this morning….

“Educational  Background:

Barack Obama:

  • Columbia  University – B.A. Political Science with a  Specialization in International  Relations.
  • Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum  Laude

Joseph Biden:

  • University of Delaware –  B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
  • Syracuse University College of Law – Juris  Doctor (J.D.)

John McCain:

  • United  States Naval Academy – Class rank: 894 of  899

Sarah Palin:

  • Hawaii Pacific University –  1 semester
  • North Idaho College – 2 semesters –  general study
  • University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
  • Matanuska-Susitna College – 1  semester
  • University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A.  in Journalism

Education isn’t everything, but  this is about the two highest offices in the land  as well as our standing in the world. You make the  call.”

Sarah Palin v. Joe Biden October 3, 2008

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The VP debates last night weren’t quite what I expected.  I think both candidates held their ground fairly well.  Neither really stood out as being a clear winner or loser.  Neither of the candidates answered the questions asked very well.  Especially Palin who openly stated what she wanted to talk about and then did it.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden spent a lot of time talking about himself as opposed to Barack Obama and the ticket.  He seemed very reserved when at many points it looked like he wanted to either a) burst into laughter or b) walk across the stage and kick the governor in the shins yet he maintained his composure.  Overall though I feel Senator Biden came across as the more experienced vice-presidential candidate despite lacking anything of great substance or impact.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin far surpassed my expectations.  After her past interviews, I thought that she would likely stutter her way through this event as well.  I don’t think she did fantastic but, I set the bar low enough that she was alright.  I felt like she had a few things she knew about and that was all she wanted to talk about….i.e. energy…so she talked about energy for almost every question asked.  The things that I have to say drive me insane about Governor Palin: the overuse of the term ‘maverick,’ the constant mispronunciation of the word ‘nuclear’ (in a thirty second period she said ‘nucular’ six times), and last but certainly not least the smug grins and winking.  I don’t know who she was winking at but I don’t feel it was necessary.

So overall, the first and final VP debate was anticlimactic for me.  I don’t think that it will likely impact the polls in anyway.  Unless maybe, just maybe, other people hated the winking as much as I did.

The Biggest Job Interview – The Presidential Election September 26, 2008

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40 days until the biggest decision the country will have to make for a while.  Basically the candidates are interviewing for a very important job: The President of the United States of America.  The employer: The American public.  They have a series of opportunities to tell us about themselves and why they are the best applicant for the job throughout the campaign.

Who do you want to hire?  Barack Obama and Joe Biden or John McCain and Sarah Palin?  What factors are really the important ones to consider?  Does it matter what religion they practice?  Does it matter what their family values are?  Or does it matter how they want to handle the situation in Iraq? Or how they propose to fix the economic policies within the United States?

We are at a point where the bigger picture is far more important than the minor details.  Who will do the best job of easing the concerns of American’s about the war?  Who will look out for the American public as they continue to lose jobs to outsourcing?  Who will make the United States better tomorrow than it is today?

Presidential Debates September 24, 2008

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Election time is near.  Time for those debates.  Though McCain would like to postpone due to our economic crisis, Obama rejected his request.

I’m always interested to see how the candidates perform.  I feel that any candidate running for these offices needs to be able to handle a traditional debate.  It is a test.  One of many that they need to pass to demonstrate their qualifications to hold the office.  I know that the answers are very rehearsed but it shows a lot about their ability to handle pressure and a little bit of the unknown with the opposing response.  The debate has the power to win or lose an election for a candidate.  It is one of very few opportunities for our country to compare and contrast both major candidates.

As much as I look forward to John McCain and Barack Obama, I am more excited to see how Joe Biden and Sarah Palin handle their VP debate.